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  • FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2006 file photo, Ramon Isaza, center, commander of the Magdalena Medio Bloc, speaks with his men before turning in their weapons during a disarmament ceremony in Puerto Triunfo, Colombia. Hundreds of right-wing paramilitaries are expected to walk free from prison starting in March 2014 after serving eight-year sentences for crimes that normally carry more than triple the prison terms. Isaza, who is due to be released in October 2014, created the first of the right-wing militias at the end of the 1970s in the Magdalena Valley. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides, File)

    Colombian paramilitaries set for release

    One veteran of Colombia's disbanded far-right militias admitted to ordering or taking part in at least 3,000 killings, mostly targeting leftists , and incinerating many of the corpses to destroy evidence.

  • Colombia's Juan Cuadrado, right, duels for the ball against Tunisia' s Ammar Jemal during an international friendly soccer match at Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    World Cup-bound Colombia draws with Tunisia 1-1

    With its injured striker Radamel Falcao watching from the stands, World Cup-bound Colombia drew 1-1 Wednesday in a friendly international against Tunisia in Barcelona.

  • Objects placed by opposition protesters block a road in the Altamira neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Violence is heating up in Venezuela as an opposition leader faces criminal charges for organizing a rally that set off escalating turmoil in the oil-rich, but economically struggling country. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    Paratroopers to join Venezuela crackdown on unrest

    Paratroopers are heading to a Venezuelan border area torn by fierce clashes between police and anti-government protesters, while security forces are being accused of turning many parts of the country into free-fire zones in their bid to silence a rejuvenated movement challenging socialist rule.

  • In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, photo, Army Commander Gen. Juan Pablo Rodriguez, right, talks to Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, during a military ceremony in Bogota, Colombia. Santos announced that changes on the military chain of command will be decided Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, after the country's leading newsmagazine, Semana, reported on what it called widespread kickbacks in multimillion-dollar military contracts, and the publication online of an audio recording in which Gen. Leonardo Barrero, the armed forces chief, is heard verbally maligning prosecutors' investigations into the extrajudicial killings that have brought Colombia international reproach. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    Colombia's military chief fired in scandal

    Colombia's president fired his armed forces chief Tuesday for verbally maligning and suggesting action be taken against prosecutors investigating military officers accused in extrajudicial killings of civilians.

  • Hammer to lead US at track world championships

    Two-time Olympic silver medalist Sarah Hammer highlights an eight-rider team announced Monday that will compete for the U.S. at the track cycling world championships in Cali, Colombia.

  • Colombia military hit by second scandal in a month

    Colombia's military grappled Monday with its second big scandal in less than a month after an investigation into extrajudicial killings exposed high-level corruption and raised questions over its top commander's commitment to human rights.

  • Mass. man in 1992 child rape case arrested

    Massachusetts state police say a 71-year-old man sought on 1992 Boston-area child sex abuse charges has been arrested in Colombia.

  • Monaco: Falcao making good recovery after surgery

    Monaco striker Radamel Falcao boosted his bid to recover in time to play for Colombia in the World Cup after successfully completing the first phase of his recovery following a left-knee operation.

  • Doctor says Falcao is '55 percent' for World Cup

    The doctor who operated on the left knee of Colombia star Radamel Falcao says the striker is recovering quickly and has a 55-percent chance of playing in the World Cup in just over four months.

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